Médecins Sans Frontières Australia’s constitution provides for ten members on the board. Nine members are elected at the Annual General Meeting and one is nominated from Médecins Sans Frontières France. The nine elected members are mandated for a three year term on a rotational basis. All members of the board are volunteers and are not remunerated for their work for Médecins Sans Frontières Australia.
Dr Stewart M. Condon, President
Stewart Condon was elected to the Board in May 2011 (re-elected May 2014) and was elected President in June 2014. Stewart is a medical generalist with a diploma in paediatrics. He has worked in emergency departments around NSW and Queensland, as a rural medical practitioner in indigenous communities of Central Australia and also has experience working in Sydney prisons. Stewart has done various field placements with Médecins Sans Frontières since 2004 in Sudan, Indonesia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh as medical doctor, field coordinator and country medical coordinator. He currently works in emergency departments as a senior non-specialist, and continues to support the Central Australian Remote Health team by on-call work when required.
Mr Hichem Demortier, Treasurer
Hichem Demortier was elected to the Board in May 2011, (re-elected May 2014) and has been Treasurer of Médecins Sans Frontières Australia since May 2012. Hichem joined Médecins Sans Frontières in 2004 undertaking 7 field missions with Médecins Sans Frontières France; two as administrator in Kenya and Sri Lanka and five as Emergency Coordinator in Nigeria, DRC, Jordan (2) and Lebanon. Hichem has a Masters in management from ESCP-Europe, and commenced his career working in audit and in mergers and acquisitions. Hichem has been managing not-for-profit programs and organizations in France and overseas since 2000. His experience includes 5 years for the French Development Agency, 2 years with Médecins Sans Frontières and 2 years as Deputy CEO of a major French social enterprise. Hichem moved to Australia in December 2008 and currently works for the Menzies School of Health Research.
Dr Phil Humphris
Dr Phil Humphris was nominated to the Board to fill a casual vacancy in August 2015. Phil has worked for Médecins Sans Frontières continuously from 2003 until 2012 in various roles, firstly as a doctor and co-ordinator and later as a program manager in the Geneva headquarters. In Geneva Phil was responsible for the management of programs of MSF Switzerland in Sudan, Iraq, Cameroon and Central America. Since the beginning of 2013, Phil works as a general practitioner in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands in the far north west of South Australia, and is based in Alice Springs. Phil has a background in public health, holding an MIPH from the University of Sydney, and has an ongoing interest in medical assistance to populations in crisis.
Dr Tonia Marquardt
Tonia was elected to the board in 2015. She is a medical practitioner with a particular interest in women's health and remote medicine. Tonia worked and volunteered with Médecins Sans Frontières in various capacities between 2000 and 2009. Her roles have varied over a period of 10 years including field doctor, medical coordinator and emergency coordinator in a wide variety of locations. She was also a member of the Médecins Sans Frontières Australia project unit supporting women's health for OCP, as well as being a facilitator for Médecins Sans Frontières of the Refugee health course run in conjunction with JCU. Originally from Geelong, Tonia now resides in Cairns where she works with the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Her role there includes both remote clinic work in Indigenous communities and retrieval medicine. In addition to her medical degree she has fellowships with the Colleges of General Practice and Rural and Remote Medicine as well as a Masters in Public Health and diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Dr Matthew Reid
Matthew Reid was elected to the board in May 2015. He previously served on the board from 2007 to 2010, and as president from 2008 to 2010. He has worked for Médecins Sans Frontières in Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Sudan, Russia and most recently for two years in South Africa until December 2014, and as doctor, project coordinator and medical coordinator. He has represented Médecins Sans Frontières Australia at the Médecins Sans Frontières International General Assembly,the highest governing body of the organization, since its inception in 2011. He is now a public health medicine specialist working in Christchurch, New Zealand for the Canterbury and West Coast District Health Boards, and has a Master of Public Health and a Diploma in Child Health.
Ms Katrina Penney
Katrina Penney was elected to the Board in May 2013. Katrina is a New Zealander with a health/midwifery background and has worked in the field with Médecins Sans Frontières in Afghanistan, Nepal, Yemen and Haiti either as a nurse, midwife, hospital manager or field coordinator. From 2006 to 2009 Katrina worked in the Human Resources department of Médecins Sans Frontières Australia, her role was primarily with recruiting and placing first mission field workers. Katrina has been an associative member since her introduction to the organisation and she is a founding member of the Auckland support network group, taking on the role of coordinator over the last few years. Currently Katrina manages the Refugee Health Screening Service in Auckland, which provides both public and primary health care to all quota refugees and detained asylum seekers in New Zealand. The service is also available to any community asylum seekers with current applications for refugee status.
Ms Beth Hilton-Thorp
Beth Hilton-Thorp was elected to the Board in May 2013. Beth is a non-practising lawyer with experience in government and private legal practice. She has undertaken one field mission for Médecins Sans Frontières and has been a member of the Board’s Governance Committee since 2011. Since 2000 she has worked in international health and development assistance in varying roles for a number of organisations including not-for-profits, universities and government agencies. Prior to that Beth held a number of positions (legal, academic and in business) in Australia and whilst living overseas. Beth is qualified in law and social work and has a BA (ANU), B Soc. Stud (Sydney), LLB, Beth is admitted to practise in the HCA and Supreme Courts ACT and NSW.
Mr Anthony Flynn
Anthony Flynn was elected to the Board in May 2014. Anthony is a registered nurse, specializing in critical care. He joined Médecins Sans Frontières in 2006 and has undertaken 7 field placements in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and most recently in Papua New Guinea. As a nurse supervisor, he worked in primary health care in Northern Uganda and Ethiopia. In Chad he worked as hospital nurse supervisor. He then took on the Project Coordinator roles in Eastern Congo and South Sudan as well as Emergency Preparedness Coordinator in South Sudan. He then led the emergency team in Western Libya as the Project Coordinator and recently returned from PNG as Head of Mission/Medical coordinator for the Bougainville Primary Health Care project.
Anthony has been working casually as a critical care nurse in the major paediatric and adult intensive care units between Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne until recently, joining Asthma Foundation NSW as Senior Program Manager for Information and Education. Anthony has a Masters Degree in Social Science, majoring in International Development and is currently based in Sydney.
Mr Dwin Tucker
Edwin ("Dwin") Tucker was re-elected to the Board in May 2015. Dwin was one of the founding Medecins Sans Frontieres Australia Board members/Treasurer from 1996-1998 and has undertaken field visits in Thailand and Laos and to the Paris office.
Dwin has been a CEO of five companies, (small-medium to 3000 employees) and has worked as a Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. He has undertaken roles in strategy, marketing, finance, technology and has advised companies as a consultant. He has been a director/chairman of numerous public, private and not-for-profit boards. He has a Bachelor of Science and Commerce from Melbourne University as well as qualifications in securities trading and business finance. Dwin currently runs the international offices for a listed company and is based in Sydney.
Mickael Le Paih
Mickael Le Paih was nominated to the Australian Board in February 2015 as the representative of the Board of Médecins Sans Frontières France. Mickael was elected to the French Board in May 2013 and re-elected in 2014. Mickael has been involved in humanitarian field work (Bosnia-Mongolia-Bosnia-Haiti-Afghanistan) since 1994 with Pharmacists without Borders.
Mickael joined Médecins Sans Frontières in 1999 and has worked as an administrator and field coordinator in Sudan, Thailand & Chechnya 2000. He worked as financial controller for the missions in the headquarter of Paris between 2001 and 2006. From 2006 until 2012 he was head of mission in DRCongo, followed by three years on HIV/TB programs in southern Africa (Malawi-South Africa and Lesotho). His last field experience with Médecins Sans Frontières was in Sri Lanka. Mickael currently lives in Islamabad, where he is the administrator coordinator for the DG ECHO Humanitarian and civil protection office in Islamabad, with additional responsibility for Kabul-Almaty and Tbilisi.